About Population Health Guide

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What Is Population Health?

Population health refers to the health status of a group of people rather than the health of an individual. It can refer to the population within a geographic region, a patient population, or a population sharing certain common characteristics.

In the context of this website, population health is defined as the total population health in our state, including the health of specific populations within that total.

Why Use A Population Health Approach?

Beginning with healthcare system strategies that support Value-Based Payments, a population health approach expands to include community-clinical linkages and broad population strategies. In the short-term it can help reduce healthcare costs and improve health outcomes for identified groups. In the long term, it can lead to greater health and well-being for the people of Washington State.

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The Guide is managed by the Department of Health with input from local health jurisdictions, community stakeholders and other partners. We want to hear from you. Please send your feedback to P4IPH@doh.wa.gov.


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Contact us at P4IPH@doh.wa.gov